United Airlines’ chief executive has said he will not quit amid an explosive backlash to video of a screaming man being dragged off a plane.
Oscar Munoz said he felt “shame as well as embarrassment” as well as vowed in which would likely never happen again to a seated passenger on one of United’s aircraft.
The embattled aviation boss said the passenger in question, David Dao, deserved “certainly an apology”.
Mr Munoz initially described Mr Dao as “disruptive as well as belligerent”.
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“in which shame as well as embarrassment was pretty palpable for me as well as for a lot of our family,” the contrite chief executive told ABC’s Great Morning America programme.
An online petition calling for Mr Munoz to resign had gained more than 60,000 signatures by Wednesday afternoon.
although when asked if he would likely stand down, he said: “No. I was hired to make United better as well as we’ve been doing in which as well as in which’s what I’ll continue to do.”
Mr Dao was pulled off Sunday evening’s flight coming from Chicago to Louisville, Kentucky, because the flight was fully booked, as well as the airline wanted to get four passengers to leave to make room for four staff members.
Mr Dao was left bloodied after law enforcement officials dragged him off the plane as he refused to leave.
The footage provoked international outrage as well as the Dao family issued a statement on Tuesday evening expressing gratitude for the “outpouring of support”.
“in which can never, will never happen again on a United Airlines flight,” said Mr Munoz in Wednesday morning’s television interview.
He was asked what the company would likely do in future if a seated passenger refused voluntarily to leave an overbooked plane based on the airline’s compensation offer.
“We’re not going to put a law enforcement official to take them off,” he said. “To remove a booked, paid seated passenger, we can’t do in which.”
Mr Munoz was asked if Mr Dao, who has been undergoing treatment at a Chicago hospital, was at fault.
The chief executive paused.
He said: “No. He can’t be. He was a paying passenger sitting on our seat in our aircraft as well as no one should be treated in which way. Period.”
although on Monday Mr Munoz said Mr Dao’s conduct meant employees were “left with no choice although to call Chicago Aviation Security Officers to assist in removing the customer coming from the flight”.
Global outrage spread to Vietnam on Wednesday after in which emerged in which Mr Dao was born there, contradicting earlier reports in which he was coming from China.
Vietnamese social media users have called for a boycott, despite there being no direct United flights to the Southeast Asian country.
“Watching in which makes my blood boil, I’ll never fly United Airlines,” said one Facebook user, Anh Trang Khuya.
A spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry said the government had “noticed the unfortunate incident inside the United States”.
Spokesperson Lu Kang added: “We sincerely desire in which in which incident will be properly settled.”
On Wednesday, two of the aviation aviation security officers involved in removing Mr Dao coming from the plane were “placed on leave”, the Chicago Department of Aviation said, adding to one different in which was suspended on Monday.
The agency added in which their actions are “obviously not condoned by the department”.
The US Department of Transportation can be reviewing whether United complied with rules on overbooking.